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Carl Joseph Arner

            Carl Joseph Arner, 85, of Allentown, PA, passed away on Saturday, June 11,

2022 at home surrounded by his family. He was the loving husband of Minerva (Messerschmidt) Arner, with whom he spent almost 63 years of marriage.

            Born in New Ringgold, PA, he was the son of the late Robert and Mae (Zimmerman) Arner.

            He was a graduate of Tamaqua High School, earned a Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Kutztown College and a Master's Degree in School Counseling form Bucknell University in 1960. He also participated in additional courses at Penn State University.

            Carl was the Upper Perkiomen Middle School Guidance Counselor for 31 years before retiring in 1991. He was an active and faithful member of Huff's Union Church where he was in charge of the Last Suppers and volunteered his time with many other church activities.

            Carl was a true Dutchman at heart and was proud of his  Dutch heritage, often joking "You're not much, if you're not Dutch". He wrote the Pennsylvania Dutch Column for the Town & Country for 33 years and also wrote Pennsylvania Dutch plays. He was the founding member of the Huffakarrich Fersommling, a member of the Berks County Fersommling and a member of the Grundsow Lodge #7.

            He was a pillar of the community and dedicated his life and time to helping others before himself.  He made friends wherever he went, and will be missed by all who knew him.

            In addition to his wife, he is survived by his three sons, Michael Arner and wife, Karen of Chapel Hill, NC, David Arner and wife, Colleen of East Greenville, PA and Steven Arner and wife, Valerie of East Greenville, PA. He also had several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by a brother, Robert Arner.

            A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 18, 2022 at Huff's Union Church, 540 Conrad Rd, Alburtis, PA 18011 with a burial following in the church cemetery. An evening before viewing will be held on Friday, June 17, 2022 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mann-Slonaker Funeral Home, 222 Washington St., East Greenville, PA and another viewing will be held the next morning at the church starting at 9:15.

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            In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Huff's Union Church Scholarship Fund or the Allentown Rescue Mission, 55 Hamilton St, Allentown, PA 18101 or to the Open Link, 452 Penn St, Pennsburg, PA 18073.






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